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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 8:54 pm | Updated: 12:08 am, Wed Apr 30, 2014.

In the early-morning hours (11 a.m.) on Monday, the New Mexican sports staff got together to discuss our picks for North Stars, our annual publication that highlights the best and brightest athletes Northern New Mexico has to offer.

Although it was really early in the morning — at least for sports writers — we had no problem coming to a consensus on the best individual male and female athletes in every sport. But trying to decide on the male and female athlete of the year was a completely different story.

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6 comments:

  • James Lujan posted at 9:54 pm on Sat, May 3, 2014.

    JBLujan Posts: 1

    Amber Sky Lujan has been a three sport athlete for her entire High School career at Pojoaque Valley High School playing Soccer, Basketball, and Softball. She will graduate in a few weeks with a solid career in every sport played. The dedication that it takes to be committed year after year in each sport is hard and few athletes now choose that path. It is important to recognize the select few that make this journey as they are a special breed of athlete that play for the love of the game.

     
  • David Romero posted at 6:54 pm on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    bigd1973 Posts: 96

    At one time there were four sport athletes. The coaches couldn't afford to limit athletes to just one sport because the best football players were also the best basketball players, wrestlers, ect.

     
  • Ben Segura posted at 8:43 am on Fri, May 2, 2014.

    BSegura Posts: 1

    I think the three sport athlete is more common in the small schools of NM. Due to the limited amount of athletes in these schools, it is very difficult to specialize. There are those who do specialize, but I believe athletes should compete year round.

     
  • Martha Armijo posted at 3:00 pm on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Horsemen Posts: 1

    Isaiah Dominguez or Chris Lovato. 3 sport athletes that always give 100%.

     
  • oscar michael posted at 10:59 am on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    oscar mike Posts: 142

    The 3 sport athlete is endangered because of the selfishness displayed by area coaches when it comes to sharing athletes among the other teams. You often have diehard basketball coaches who will not consider a kid for the team unless they can make all their open gyms and compete on their AAU summer squads. You have Wrestling coaches who discourage athletes from playing football as they play their season late and sometimes cut into the beginning of wrestling which can affect conditioning. You have volleyball coaches that demand off-season and summer workouts that discourage students from running track. Worst of all you have parents that do not overcome the wishes of these coaches and allow their child to think that their only talents are in the one sport that they want them to play the most. Add that to the loss of work in the middle income family, which forces some kids to have to leave sports to find a job to help out and you have a perfect storm for extinction.
    Please Sports guys, do not change your criteria for athlete of the year. In fact you should add an academic component to the criteria so the best student athletes are recognized regardless of their teams win loss record or personal stats.

     
  • Steve Santistevan posted at 9:48 am on Wed, Apr 30, 2014.

    Ssanti Posts: 2

    Jereme Santistevan, three sport athlete from Pojoaque Valley High School. Thee sports athlete since seventh grade. Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field. Multiple State Championships in Cross Country and Track. He is just one example of many from Pojoaque and other schools who have dedicated their athletic skills to three sports.

    Keep the three sport athlete criteria, it is something that kids need to strive for. Hard work and dedication although not easy, wll be rewarded in the long run.

     

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